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Old 12-23-08, 07:58 PM   #1
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FG on a budget?

Hi. I want to build a decent FG on a $700 budget. Can you suggest any set ups for about that price? It'd be really nice if you could maybe even leave a list with parts (and aprx. prices?), or lower cost parts that are of decent quality. whatever you can tell me would be appreciated. Preferably new parts. Please don't try to sell me anything. Thanks.
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Please help. Building a FG on a $700 Budget...

Hi. I want to build a decent FG on a $700 budget. Can you suggest any set ups for about that price? It'd be really nice if you could maybe even leave a list with parts (and aprx. prices?), or lower cost parts that are of decent quality. whatever you can tell me would be appreciated. Preferably new parts. Please don't try to sell me anything. Thanks.
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Buy a complete bike. It will be much cheaper and fit into your budget.
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Buy a complete bike, it's cheaper.

Here's what you need to do.

1 - Do some research yourself.

2 - Find some bikes in your price range.

3 - Search for them (using the search feature) to get people's opinions.

4 - Buy the one that you like best based on the reviews and info you discovered using the search future.


Note that at no point in this process is it suggested that you start a new thread. Generally speaking, these threads come up a trillion times over and are generally very badly received. In a nutshell, in any forum people are tired of seeing the same questions a thousand times because the person asking them doesn't have the courtesy to spend a modicum of effort finding the info themselves. Be like the rest of us, empower yourself, and search yourself for info on YOUR future bike.

Sorry if it sounded harsh, but it's a good deal nicer than the treatment you'll get if you keep asking these kinds of questions. If you really can't handle the effort, just send me the 700 bucks and I'll not only pick out a bike for you but I'll take care of all the other aspects of bike ownership such as riding it around, storing it in my apartment, and regular maintenance. PM me for details
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Old 12-23-08, 08:32 PM   #5
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I wanted to build one, but i'd be fine with buying a complete bike. Do you have any suggestions on what complete bikes, and any possible upgrades? But still building a bike would be preferable, I intend on puting more money into it eventually $700 is just my starting point.
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Cannondale Capo, Bianchi Pista, Specialized Langster, Schwinn Madison, Jamis Sputnik, KHS Flite 100, etc, etc.

And try doing a search and reading the older threads as this is a common question.
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It was a mistake I thought one didn't go through because my battery died. I apologize. It won't happen again. I've been looking at the langster. It all of the scrutiny directed towards it just a fad? I mean when they it is "hideous" what is "hideous" about it? How much **** would I get for riding it anyways?
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*When they say...*
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I built up my first fixed-gear bike recently, and it cost about $800, including tools. And I definitely didn't use high-end components.

If you're dead-set on building your own:

BAR TAPE - Whatever - $10
BOTTOM BRACKET - Shimano UN54 - $20
BRAKE CABLE/LEVER/CALIPER - Bikeisland.com Tektro Kit - $35
CASSETTE - Dura-Ace cog and lockring - $35
CHAIN - Cheap KMC chain - $10
CRANKSET - Pake (chainring included) - $65
CRANK BOLTS - $5
FRAME - Mercier Kilo - $199 (or Scrambler $139)
HANDLE BAR - Pyramid or other cheapo bullhorn - $25
HEADSET - Cane Creek S-2- $40
PEDALS - MKS GR-9 - $25
PEDAL TOE CLIPS - MKS Steel - $10
PEDAL TOE STRAPS - Whatever $10
SADDLE - Selle San Marco Rolls - $40
SEAT POST - Kalloy - $20
STEM Syntace - Kalloy - $20
TIRES - Hutchinson Equinox - $35
TUBES - Kenda - $10
WHEEL SET - Mavic CXP22 to Formulas- $150

You could probably buy a comparable bike for cheaper...
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Thanks a lot, I'll look into that. But really what's the deal with the langster hatred?
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Thanks a lot, I'll look into that. But really what's the deal with the langster hatred?
People hate on the Langster because it has really relaxed and compact geometry, a sloping top tube, and a low bottom bracket. I also think most of their city edition graphics are cheesy. I'm actually currently building up a Langster Comp frameset.

I guess I'm a Langster fan overall, but if I were going to buy a stock complete, I'd probably buy a Jamis Sputnik or Cannondale Capo.
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Yeah I don't get it. I think its mostly just a trend, people say its ugly even if they don't see anything wrong with it.
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I built up my first fixed-gear bike recently, and it cost about $800, including tools. And I definitely didn't use high-end components.

If you're dead-set on building your own:

BAR TAPE - Whatever - $10
BOTTOM BRACKET - Shimano UN54 - $20
BRAKE CABLE/LEVER/CALIPER - Bikeisland.com Tektro Kit - $35
CASSETTE - Dura-Ace cog and lockring - $35
CHAIN - Cheap KMC chain - $10
CRANKSET - Pake (chainring included) - $65
CRANK BOLTS - $5
FRAME - Mercier Kilo - $199 (or Scrambler $139)
HANDLE BAR - Pyramid or other cheapo bullhorn - $25
HEADSET - Cane Creek S-2- $40
PEDALS - MKS GR-9 - $25
PEDAL TOE CLIPS - MKS Steel - $10
PEDAL TOE STRAPS - Whatever $10
SADDLE - Selle San Marco Rolls - $40
SEAT POST - Kalloy - $20
STEM Syntace - Kalloy - $20
TIRES - Hutchinson Equinox - $35
TUBES - Kenda - $10
WHEEL SET - Mavic CXP22 to Formulas- $150

You could probably buy a comparable bike for cheaper...
Heh, much of those are the same parts I chose for a fixed I built up recently, except I went a little more expensive with the frame/wheels/crank, with an IRO Mark V, Deep V/IRO Hub/Sapim spoke wheels, and the Alien crankset.
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Here's an alternative for the OP: read up on classic bicycles. Learn the manufacturer's names and reputations. Learn what frames are made of and how and by whom. Learn who makes which component, and who makes it best. Search eBay. Be patient. Search every day. May take a month or two.

Then buy one of these for $719. Good luck.
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i made a list of my expenses the other day, and its in the neighborhood of your budget.

Mercier Kilo TT 280
Rolf Vector Comps 114
Surly Fixxer 67
Toshi Doubles 56
Fizik Pave CX HP 47
Continental Ultra Gatorskins 34
Cinelli Alter 30
MKS Adjustable Clips 27
Syntace Stratos 26
Thomson Elite 26
MKS GR-9s 20
Specialized Bar Phat 20
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Here's an alternative for the OP: read up on classic bicycles. Learn the manufacturer's names and reputations. Learn what frames are made of and how and by whom. Learn who makes which component, and who makes it best. Search eBay. Be patient. Search every day. May take a month or two.

Then buy one of these for $719. Good luck.

wait, really? that happened?
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I guess I did pretty well. Craigslist is your friend in this situation, if the bike isnt urgent. bencycle.net is also great.

Here is my build:

Frame: IRO Mk V -$130 at a swap meet (came w/ fork and headset below)
Fork: Surly Steamroller - with frame
Headset: FSA orbit - with frame
Stem: Profile Design - $20
Post: Bontrager Race Lite $10
Saddle: Selle Italia ? $10
Pedals: Vintage Record Clips from a crescent
Chain: Izumi Track $16.99 at benscycle
Bars: Soma bullhorns $32 at universalcycle
Cranks: Sungino Zen Messengers $114.99 at benscycle
BB: Miche Primato Advanced $21.99 at benscycle
Rims/Hubs: Deep V/Formula $250

I got lucky at some swaps but this comes out to be around $715 and a kick ass bike so just comb craigslist and youll find something
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wait, really? that happened?
Yes, I was fantastically lucky. I had an eBay coupon the week the bike went up. So won with a bid of $799, minus 10%.

I think the bike went unnoticed because another Pinarello Amatore auction had closed about 18 hours earlier. People just didn't see this one.

The bike's immaculate, too. As if never ridden.

Deal of the year.
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My build and what it cost:

Used 1992 Cannondale R600 - $200 (indeed a bargain but they are out there)
Wheelset from ebay - $180
Sold the wheelset that came with the bike - <$50>
Sold the derailers - <$20>
Sold the handlebar and brake levers - <$20>
two new rear cogs (15 and 17 tooth) - $30
new lockring - $7
half link - $4
lockring tool - free from LBS
new small chain ring bolts - $6
New handlebar and grips - $40
New 15mm wrench that doubles as a bottle opener - $25

Total cost about $430 for a bike that weighs 17 pounds and flies.

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Yes, I was fantastically lucky. I had an eBay coupon the week the bike went up. So won with a bid of $799, minus 10%.

I think the bike went unnoticed because another Pinarello Amatore auction had closed about 18 hours earlier. People just didn't see this one.

The bike's immaculate, too. As if never ridden.

Deal of the year.
Helps that the market for ~70cm frames isn't as big as 54cm frames. Nice catch! I'd show that off on the C & V forum.
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Yeah I don't get it. I think its mostly just a trend, people say its ugly even if they don't see anything wrong with it.
If you like the Langster, go get one. Nothing wrong with riding a bike that doesn't have true track geometry; especially if you aren't riding on a track.

If you want to follow the herd, get a Kilo from bikesdirect. Of course, by the time you do, that train will have left the station to watch Fonzi jump the shark and all kinds of Kilo hating will commence.

It's your money, your bike, get what you want.
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It was a mistake I thought one didn't go through because my battery died. I apologize. It won't happen again. I've been looking at the langster. It all of the scrutiny directed towards it just a fad? I mean when they it is "hideous" what is "hideous" about it? How much **** would I get for riding it anyways?
It's the fashionista's. Ignore them. Those of us who have ridden for years, and ride more than 15 minutes a day, know that there is a reason for road geometry, and that reason is that it works damn well on the road.
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Helps that the market for ~70cm frames isn't as big as 54cm frames. Nice catch! I'd show that off on the C & V forum.

My hurry-up living-room photo angle is a little deceptive I think, battle.

Are you sitting down?

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And the retrogrouchy geezers like myself up in C and V were very taken with it.

If our tree was big enough, I'd use it as an ornament.
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